8 Brands Bringing You Beautiful, Sustainable and Ethical Plus Size Clothing

By December 10, 2018Fashion

When it comes to fashion, body type inclusivity is a real issue faced by people the world over. Seeing a photo of a gorgeous dress then finding out they don’t stock it in your size can be disheartening, to say the least. Fortunately, some brands are catching on by making beautiful ethical clothing for every body!

Here are eight ethical and sustainable brands for plus-sized fashionistas:

Elizabeth Suzann GoY-Ratings_4

Harlow Dress | | Ships internationally

Elizabeth Suzann is a brand that believes in doing things right. Their focus is on thoughtfully designed, timeless essentials made with natural fabrics like hemp twill. Their garments are long-lasting and locally designed, cut and sewn under one roof in the US.

Encircled GoY-Ratings_4

The Essential Short Sleeve Top | | Ships internationally

Canada-based Encircled creates ethically-made, versatile women’s fashion for life and travel, from sustainable and eco-conscious fabrics, including Tencel. The brand also recycles off-cuts created during the manufacturing process, which is an added bonus!

Hara GoY-Ratings_4

Ivory Lena High Waist Undies | | Ships internationally

Hara is a clothing label designed for us and our earth collectively. Designing bamboo underwear, it doesn’t use any animal derived materials and ensures fair labour conditions thanks to its robust Supplier Code of Conduct. What’s more, the brand also eliminated hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and started using a closed-loop water system to minimise water use.

Marks & Spencer GoY-Ratings_4

Pleated Skirt | | Ships internationally

Many of us know Marks and Sparks for their quality underwear, but it doesn’t stop there.  Over the years the British brand has set some strong environmental and labour policies. It’s Carbon Trust certified and it uses some eco-friendly materials, like recycled nylon, recycled polyester and organic cotton!

Girlfriend Collective GoY-Ratings_4

Legging | | Ships internationally

For cute leggings and sports bras that are gentle on your body and the planet, look no further. Girlfriend Collective is a truly transparent company with sustainability and inclusivity in mind. Their luxurious activewear for women is certified by both OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and BlueSign. Girlfriend Collective’s factory in Vietnam is also SA8000 certified, which measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces.

Ace & Jig GoY-Ratings_4

Alexa Cardi | | Ships internationally

Ace & Jig is a textile love story. The brand does not use any animal products and reduces its carbon emissions by hand-weaving its products, which are made-to-order. It also reduces wastage by using its cutting room scraps and provides clothing care instructions so you can make your items last longer!

Alternative Apparel GoY-Ratings_4

Maniac Printed Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt || Ships internationally

Alternative apparel have been doing the sustainable fashion thing for almost 24 years. The US-based brand use sustainable materials like this recycled polyester/organic cotton blend. They also source from WRAP-certified factories and has adopted the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

Mara Hoffman GoY-Ratings_4

lady wearing a colourful mara hoffman dress Anya Dress || Ships internationally

Mara Hoffman brings a fresh edge to sustainable fashion, with its emphasis on bold colours and diverse array of patterns. With an exclusive extended sizes range, the brand brings fun, edgy ethical fashion to all. Mara Hoffman seek to generate an awareness with their customers and hold themselves accountable throughout the supply chain, to their workers and the environment.

 

Editor’s Note: this article was updated in November 2018. Ratings correct at time of publication. Feature image via Girlfriend Collective. Additional images via the brands mentioned.

 

Isobella Wolfe

Author Isobella Wolfe

Isobella is an ethical vegan, globetrotter, and perpetual student who spends her free time curled up with a book and her cat, Lentil. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @isobellawolfe.

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Michelle says:

    While I love the items from Ace & Jig, I don’t think you can qualify them as “plus size”. Of the 48 clothing items for women, only 3 come in additional sizes above an XL. Yes, it is great that they offer an XL in every item (which many sustainable brands do not), but is that enough?

  • Robin says:

    Hi. I agree with Terri’s points. I have the app, and would love to use it more, but as a fat person, it just doesn’t work well. My suggestions: withing “plus size,” list the sizes that the company has available. Have searchable categories within “plus size” that allow me to search for the item I need, e.g., t-shirts, trousers, etc. I have tried many times to use the app as is, and it is just a long, fruitless process that leaves me frustrated and still not buying anything. I love what you are doing. The app is a great idea for finding ethical brands. Looking forward to when it works for me.

  • I thank you for sharing this article. You look so beautiful and very inspiring. Style has no size.

  • Terri says:

    Hi Folks, I just wanted to say that I imagine you would have lost a lot of readers by using that header image. It’s an article specifically about Plus Size clothing and there is ONE model in that shot that you could call Plus Size. If it were an article on body positivity and inclusiveness in general, i could almost see that shot being appropriate. Secondly – the clothing brand you mentioned first only goes up to a size 14. 14 is really not a plus size. Even Jay Jays goes up to a 16.
    I really like the work you do even though I can’t fit into most of the clothes that you feature. I was excited to see this article, only to discover that I still couldn’t fit in to many of the brands featured. You folks are doing really well but you could do an awful lot better at being inclusive.

    • Kendall Benton-Collins Kendall Benton-Collins says:

      Thanks so much for your comment on this Terri. We totally take your point and will work hard to do better.

      In relation to the first brand mentioned – Elizabeth Suzann – they actually have both size 16 and XL, however, we acknowledge that this is still a limited range of sizing options.

      We have identified around 200 brands that do well on our ethical criteria but unfortunately very few of them offer plus-size clothing. We are working on identifying and rating new brands every day and hope that we can dig up more sustainable brands that offer larger sizing soon. If you have suggestions for brands that do larger sizes that we should rate, please let us know and we’ll try and get them rated quickly. Thanks again for taking the time to raise these concerns. We really appreciate it!

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